I think (and I could be wrong) that you would have to know who your rapist was and want to bring charges against him... at least that's what I understood from your link. As long as the father's identity is a mystery, all this surely disincentivizes any woman from finding out who he is and bringing their him to justice. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. It's sickening to think we'd have to let a rapist run free because the alternative is inviting him to be a permanent fixture in our life.
They do have to look at the evidence presented and figure the likelihood of a conviction. If it doesn't look very likely, they won't spend money pursuing a court case that will fai. Which sucks, but in many cases the problem is simply that the evidence is weak.
Personally I prefer rapists get the death penalty, at the hands of their intended victim, at the time of the attempt.
I have a question for everyone: if you became pregnant as a result of rape, what do you think you would do? Keep the baby, put it up for adopion? Or abort it? Why? For the men: If you were a girl, lol, and this happened to you, what would you do?
I would have an abortion.
Consciousness makes you human. Not your beating heart. Not the shape of your hands. Not the functions of your body. Your death as a human being occurs with the cessation of your higher brain functions and the irreversible end of your consciousness: 'brain death'. Conversely, your life as a human being begins with the commencement of your brain functions and the starting of your consciousness: 'brain life'.
Science has established that the structures of the brain that are required for "fetal awareness of noxious stimuli" do not begin forming until 23 to 30 weeks. It is living human tissue, but without consciousness and a fully-formed nervous system, removing a fetal sack is no more concerning than removing an appendix. (Or it's actually less concerning, since the body is incapable of producing another appendix.) So I would not think of the fetus as "a baby who just hasn’t been born yet”. I would think of the fetus as a part of my body that will become a baby, if I decide to let my body continue the process.
I would also acknowledge there are powerful drives and feelings at work, coming from all directions, that might be affecting my judgement in making such a decision. Besides the guilt trips of religion and the unfair judgements that women face in society, there are millions of years of evolution hammering away, all saying that baby-making is the purpose, the biological destiny of women, and going against that is the wrong move.
Hogwash, I say. Your purpose is 100% up to you. Your body is 100% yours. Scientific studies of fetal consciousness, and statistics which show 98% of abortions occur in the first trimester, prove that in reality there is virtually no ethical dilemma associated with having an abortion. At least, no more than is involved with having a tooth pulled.
Abortion: on demand, without apology, and without regret.
Your death as a human being occurs with the cessation of your higher brain functions and the irreversible end of your consciousness: 'brain death'. Conversely, your life as a human being begins with the commencement of your brain functions and the starting of your consciousness: 'brain life'.
I've never heard it so eloquently put. Your entire response is perfect. I know people are hard-wired to procreate so it's hard to overwrite those feelings. I think it's important that we do, however, since (in addition to bodily autonomy) over-population is a very real possibility/reality. We have to stop being controlled by that thing in our genetics that screams, "HAV MOAR BABEEZ ALL TEH TYME!!!" :)
We should limit ourselves, and be willing to adopt (yes, I realize I painted adoption as a not-ideal option earlier... but it would be a great option if more people did it... sane/responsible people).
As often as we end up butting heads here on this forum, Gallup, I wanted to tell you that this post is absofuckinglutely spot on.
I do wish I heard more "pro choice" people argue this way instead of merely asserting a right. Without this sort of thing to back it up, however, they make the argument look like one of personal convenience vs. the right of an unborn baby to live, by default, and thereby cede the moral high ground to the anti-choicers. And it's utterly unnecessary, but for some reason the pro choice side is unwilling to say these things, instead jumping straight to "keep your laws off my body"--an argument that is a non-sequitur if the alternative is to let a person be killed.
"It is not a choice, it is a child" is a very strong argument if no one will try to counter it by pointing out that it's not a child (comma dammit).